I have had quite a few people ask me to be more detailed with how long each step takes and how much this project costs. I will try to include this information along the way. Keep in mind as far as hours go, I am not the fastest worker but I work steady with few if any breaks. Also dollar amounts given will be for material for this job only (for example I bought a 4x8 sheet of 23/32 plywood for cab repairs for $24 but only used half the sheet so cost for this job is $12...I will use other half of plywood for next project). I have all the tools needed for the wood work and all the gear to spray the paint so factor in your own costs if you have to rent or buy tools.
So far the first step was teardown, bagging, and labeling parts...approx. 6 hours...$0 spent
Chemical strip paint, with prep and clean-up...approx. 3 hours (however if I had used the stronger stripper in the first place time would have been 1.5 hours). $15 spent
Purchased heavy duty leg plates/cab braces (thanks MustangPaul) $20 spent
Not too much to report on the project at this point (I got side tracked with another quick project https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/polishing-a-turd#post-2961504 ). I finished the chemical strip and brought the cab and head to my dads woodworking shop for the sanding, repair, and filler. I started with a palm sander and 60 grit to start to clean up the wood. Upon further inspection I changed the plan to include replacing both the front and back panels of cab due to soft corners...
Popped this blister near where the head mounts, I will fix it with bondo...
Sides lookin good, next step is to cut new front and back panels...